Clemens Heil © David Röthlisberger
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Clemens Heil © David Röthlisberger
Luzerner Theater Opera Ensemble and Chorus | Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | Clemens Heil et al.
(Mark Daver chorus master)
A coproduction of the Luzerner Theater
“From heaven through the world to hell.” Or from the Luzerner Theater through the Marktplatz to the Jesuitenkirche and back. The audience moves about among these locations, accompanying Faust on his journey from his study to heavenly apotheosis − and roaming along the Faustian path that encompasses the quest for knowledge, ecstasy, and redemption. Written over a period of almost ten years, Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s “Faust” combines elements from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust Parts I and II. In keeping with the Faustian search for meaning, the events are associative and laid out in a fragmentary style, concentrating on the title hero’s gradual decline. Schumann’s musical-theatrical approach to Goethe’s epochal drama is at the same time also his legacy: shortly after completing the score, the composer was admitted to a psychiatric hospital.
Luzerner Kantorei © Ingo Höhn
Lucerne Boys’ Choir
Founded in 1992, the Lucerne Kantorei, which today consists of the Lucerne Boys’ Choir and the Lucerne Girls’ Choir, offers children from Central Switzerland the opportunity to train their voices and to sing in a professionally led chorus. The members receive individual training suited to their age, which also includes weekly individual instruction in voice training. This work takes place in elementary and coaching choruses, at times divided according to gender; there is a large concert chorus, a chamber chorus, and a “men’s ensemble” for singers aged 14 to 20 whose voices have broken. The focus of the repertoire that is studied is on sacred music works of all eras, which are performed as part of the liturgies at the Jesuitenkirche and also at choral concerts and on celebratory occasions. The various Lucerne Kantorei groups have performed at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, the Davos Festival Young Artists in Concert, and the Bregenz Festival; selected boy soloists regularly sing on the opera stages of Switzerland and neighboring countries. Since August 2000 Eberhard Rex has served as Artistic Director of the Lucerne Kantorei. He studied church music at the Music Academy of Trossingen (Baden-Württemberg), focusing on the areas of organ (with Gerd Witte), conducting (with Manfred Schreier), and voice (with Josef Sinz). During his training he began to become intensively involved in pedagogy and children’s vocal training – a focus that he put into practice as choral director of the renowned Aurelius Children’s Choirs in Calw and of the ARTEvocale, the Calw girls’ choir. In addition he has conducted opera and oratorio projects and has made various recordings on CD and radio.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 28 March 1999 in works by Mozart and Pärt, conducted by Alois Koch.
Lucerne Symphony Orchestra © Christian Flierl
Lucerne Symphony Orchestra
The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1806, is one of the oldest orchestras in Switzerland. Along with its various concert series, which it performs in the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern (KKL), the orchestra plays in all of the opera productions at the Luzerner Theater. Their season is devoted not only to the classical-romantic repertoire; rarities and contemporary works are also regularly performed. Recent years, for example, have included commissions for pieces by Wolfgang Rihm, Sofia Gubaidulina, Marc-André Dalbavie, Pascal Dusapin, David Philipp Hefti, and Fazıl Say. Since September 2011 the American James Gaffigan has served as Music Director; guest conductors in the recent past have included Peter Eötvös, Michael Gielen, Neeme and Kristjan Järvi, Sir Neville Marriner, Andris Nelsons, Leonard Slatkin, and Tugan Sokhiev. Jonathan Nott, who helmed the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2002, regularly returns to conduct. Its subscription cycles have presented such celebrated soloists as Martha Arge-rich, Isabelle Faust, Vilde Frang, Hilary Hahn, Gidon Kremer, Lang Lang, Radu Lupu, Viktoria Mullova, Maria João Pires, and Krystian Zimerman. The orchestra’s achievements have been documented by recordings of works by Schreker, Bernstein, Weill, Krenek, Rihm, Say, and Gubaidulina; their recording of Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony under James Gaffigan was chosen by the critics of the New York Times as one of the Top Music Recordings of 2014. The musicians regularly go on tour: to Japan in 2008, China in 2011, Israel in 2013, and South America in 2014. In the past season the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra performed in Zagreb and Istanbul and additionally completed a tour in June and July 2016 to four Asian countries, giving a total of eight concerts in South Korea, China, Singapore, and India.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1993, with Vladimir Kiradjiev conducting works by Schnittke.
August 2016Other dates
Clemens Heil © David Röthlisberger/Kevin Graber
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Benedikt von Peter © Ingo Hoehn
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Rebecca Krynski Cox
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Bass-baritone Vuyani Mlinde began studying voice in his native South Africa before winning a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London and at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School. From 2007 to 2009 he was a member of the Young Artist Programme of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; in 2010 he joined the ensemble of Frankfurt Opera, where Mlinde has so far appeared in productions of Mozart’s Figaro and The Magic Flute, Verdi’s Don Carlo, Puccini’s Tosca, and Ildebrando Pizzetti’s Murder in the Cathedral. As a concert performer, Mlinde also has such high-profile credits as performances of Haydn’s The Creation under John Eliot Gardiner at Carnegie Hall in New York and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, as well as at the Pisa Festival; he has also performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra, likewise conducted by Gardiner, in London, Paris, and Madrid.
August 2011Other dates
Introduction with Brigitte Heusinger (in German) | 20:15 Uhr | Luzerner Theater